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Three-Point Shots Lead Men's Basketball to Victory
January 15, 2014 - Eastern Florida’s men’s basketball team unleashed a torrent of 17 three-pointers and a patented second-half run to defeat host Palm Beach State College 82-73 on Wednesday night in Lake Worth.
The Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference victory moved Eastern Florida to 16-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Palm Beach fell to 12-7 and 1-2.
Eastern Florida allowed Palm Beach to build a 51-47 lead with 14 minutes and 15 seconds to play. The Titans then went on a 20-3 run for a 67-54 lead before the Panthers scored their first two-point basket in a stretch of 7 minutes and 51 seconds.
By then it was 67-56 Eastern Florida. And while Palm Beach made a frantic attempt to get back into things over the final six minutes the deficit was too much to overcome.
Sophomore Torrance Rowe led Eastern Florida with 23 points while freshman Landus Anderson added 12, all on three-pointers.
And it was Anderson’s final two three-pointers that keyed the decisive run, turning the 51-47 deficit into a 57-51 lead. Freshman Demetrius McReynolds also had two baskets during the run.
“I was feeling it tonight,” said Anderson. “I felt like every shot was going in every time I took one.
“I brought great energy off the bench. It feels great. I’m glad we got another conference win. Keep working and ready to get back to practice and get better.”
For his part Rowe credited head coach Jeremy Shulman’s game plan.
“Coach put me into position to score,” he said of his effort that included six three-pointers.
“We’re tough-minded,” Rowe added about the road win inside a loud gym. “Players play, tough guys win. That’s our motto. We live by that.”
Freshman Bobby Conley led Palm Beach with 19 points.
The Titans built two 11-point first-half leads on eight three-pointers but Palm Beach rallied to tie things up twice before Mike Kirkland’s lay-in at the buzzer gave Eastern Florida a 35-32 lead at the break.
Rowe had 13 first-half points including four three-pointers. Freshman Landus Anderson sank two three-pointers, classmates T.J. Cromer and Jermohn Queen and sophomore Ben Patrick had one apiece.
Eastern Florida returns home to face conference foe Miami Dade College at 2 p.m. Saturday
in the Melbourne Campus gym. Admission is free.